09 March 2006

New Orleans is Back: Metairie Red Lobster Reopens

All those nay-sayers about the future of New Orleans . . . They are crazy. Just look at this:

Red Lobster reopens Metairie location
CityBusiness staff report March 9, 2006 9:29 AM
METAIRIE — After six months of renovations to repair damage from Hurricane Katrina, Red Lobster announced today the reopening of its Metairie restaurant at 3020 North Causeway Blvd. in the Lakeside Shopping Center.

“We’re thrilled to be up and running in a beautifully renovated restaurant where we can serve our guests the freshest seafood in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere,” said Stephen Roberts, general manager. “We appreciate the awesome support we’ve received from the Metairie community.”

Open since 1994, the Metairie restaurant will serve from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Monday and is closed on Tuesdays. Normal daily operating hours, including lunch, will return when Red Lobster is fully staffed.

“We’ve anticipated the comeback of our Metairie restaurant with great excitement,” said Mike Stroud, Red Lobster senior vice president.

The Metairie Red Lobster is hiring for all hourly positions. Apply in person at the restaurant. Red Lobster has been named the nation’s best seafood restaurant for 17 years in a row in polling by Restaurants & Institutions magazine. Red Lobster has 670 restaurants in North America and more than 63,000 employees. The company served more than 141 million guests in fiscal
2005 with $2.4 billion in sales. Red Lobster is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants Inc., which also owns and operates Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Smokey Bones Barbeque and Grill and Seasons 52 restaurants.

Darden Resturants, Inc.? Guess who a prior CEO of Darden was? Why that's right, current Ruth's Chris Sellout CEO and New Orleans-abondoner Craig S. Miller. Looks like he's working his Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Smokey Bones BBQ, and Seasons magic on Ruth Fertel's legacy. Remember:


About the Red Lobster in Metairie . . . Who in the hell eats there? I undestand if you live in Nebraska that a Red Lobster or ouch, a Long John Silvers is about as seafood as you are going to get? But here? In New Orleans? In Louisiana???????? I don't get it. Another favorite of mine is that TGIF in the Quarter . . .


At March 09, 2006 3:03 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Why would anyone go to the Red Lobster when they could visit the Bubba Gump
Shrimp Co.?

Hey, don't pick on Long John Silvers. It's the only decent fried seafood I can get in Fargo N.D. And they have malt vinegar in those handly little packets. What more could you ask for?

On a related note, I went to Acme when I was home last week and for the first time in my life was asked, "where would you like to sit?" I've always been an ACME fan, and locals who shy away because of the tourists and the wiat should take advantage of the slow down to help keep places like Acme alive by getting downtown and eatin' some ersters.

At March 09, 2006 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I kid you not - there is a Long John Silvers on Williams in Kenner (south of Veterans).

At March 09, 2006 9:02 PM, Blogger John Blutarsky said...

But is the McDonalds on St. Charles open? That's good eatin'!


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